Alright, the title to today’s installment is a joke in more way than one. Obviously I am punning on an old idiom, but I am also nursing one hell of a nasty cold now. I’m kind of imagining my sinuses looking a little like the special effects work shop of a mid-eighties horror flick at the moment. I won’t get into details about what my breathing sounds like as I type this. Suffice to say, it ain’t pretty. Even so, I have to say, I do appreciate my general level of health.
To my knowledge I have no major illnesses. I still walk a little over a mile to and from work every day. The last year and a half before working in the bookstore I was working as a canvasser. So,you are looking at several miles of walking every day there. I really don’t have too many aches and pains, except first thing in the morning and for a middle-aged person carrying roughly forty extra pounds, that’s not bad.
That is another thing I am happy with. Sure the extra weight is bad, but my relatively active lifestyle, and work (there is a lot more manual labor in a bookstore than people realize) keeps it from getting out of hand. I am still regular (yeah, I know, TMI.) I get decent sleep. If I absolutely had to I am sure I could run a mile and can still lift a decent amount of weight. More than some people I know much younger than me.
On the subject of youth, I am often told I look like I am in my early thirties or late twenties. Some people even say I look 25, but I think they are just being nice. Still, can’t complain about that, not that I am terribly vain. Frankly, I think the fact that I associate with young people, in part because that is who the activist community attracts the most of, helps. I rarely drink or smoke and I think engaging in all three (yes I counted right) of those activities in true moderation helps both my physical and mental health.
That last one has been the one question mark over the years. I haven’t always practiced the good mental hygiene I should. I would let things spiral out of control and I have been terribly unkind to myself in the past. I won’t say I am perfect in that regard now, but I am much, much better than I was. I acknowledge now that I am not going to be perfect, that I will screw up, and that it is not the end of the world.
So, this stupid cold not withstanding, I do generally enjoy very good health. I hope that trend continues, but if it doesn’t, well, I had a very good run, and cannot complain, and can even get it back, with the right help and regimen. So thank you, old body of mine, for coming through so often, oh and old mind of mine too. We’ve had a sometimes rocky relationship, but overall it has been rock solid.
- How the Habit of Gratitude Leads to Happiness (psychologytoday.com)
- Attitude, Gratitude, Beatitude (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
- The Art of Gratitude (bigthink.com)
- Five simple things you can do for your health right now (happyhealthy365.wordpress.com)